Archive for January, 2018

Liner Notes for January 2018!

January 28, 2018

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It’s still technically January, but it’s been a month as far as the story posts are concerned, so let’s get dug into the Liner Notes for this month’s erotica, shall we?

Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over: Sometimes I wind up going back to a title in my head once I see it, simply because it’s such an unusual turn of phrase that I find myself inventing meanings for it without ever trying to find out what the original songwriter intended. In this case, I saw the title and decided that it felt an awful lot like one of those old mnemonics you learned about in elementary school, something to help teach you the order of the planets or the notes on the treble clef or whatever in particular it was.

And it occurred to me that mnemonics are, in their own way, a kind of brainwashing–they’re putting an association into your head between something natural and easy to remember and something that isn’t intuitive. And from there, I jumped pretty quick to a mnemonic that is an actual brainwashing tool, and after that it was really just a matter of finding a set of nicely brainwashy words to go under DCGBAO, and a setting in which my hypothetical controller could slip them into conversation. (Oh, and forcing myself not to end the story at the second encounter. The first draft left him entirely unable to resist her, but I decided I wanted him to struggle a little before finally giving in.)

Girl Next Door: This one was more or less the result of a bit of a bind I was in due to timing–I wanted a second story in between “Girls With Guns” and “The Boys of Summer”, to give a sense of considerable time passing between Revolution Technologies finding a Girl’s CPU and their reverse-engineering it into…but I’ve said too much. **grin** The point is, I needed a Girl story, but I didn’t want to go back to any of the metaplot stuff, because that was marked off for future stories that relied on developments that weren’t happening yet. So this was going to have to be a pure heat story.

And then I saw the title “Girl Next Door”, and it hit me exactly how to make that work. I have heard some people say that they were hoping for something a bit more related to the arc plots–it’s not exactly groundbreaking as far as the series go (and this is why I generally don’t give people sequels, because I think I’ve cultivated an audience that doesn’t want “and then another person gets brainwashed” or “and then they have a lot more sex” stories, and that’s often the only direction for the plot to take). But I think it does make up for it with a lot of heat, and hopefully the people who like lots of kinky voyeuristic robot sex will like it. There have to be a few of you, right?

Stronger: This one tied into a quirky little sub-kink of mine that I don’t expect to ever get fulfilled, but that make for very hot fantasies. I think it’s extremely hot to see physical power subverted by mental dominance, especially in the case where the physical power is itself subverting stereotypes about who is seen as “powerful” in our society. It’s empowering to have this message about a woman who’s not just strong but Olympic-level strong, much stronger than most of the men in the world, and to twist that empowerment around into submission without reducing it at all is very sexy.

And so when I saw this song title, that all came together into thinking of a number of different meanings of the word “strong”, and the way that a properly-led discussion of them could result in someone responding several times with the phrase “I am strong” and thinking that they were participating in the conversation naturally, even when they were just programming themselves with a trigger phrase that made them more and more submissive. I made Lilibeth, the controller, into another woman because I didn’t want the story to come off with an unintended message that even a strong woman should be submissive to a man, and I made her very petite because the bigger the contrast physically, the greater the impact mentally. (And Filipino because representation matters.) I was probably a lot happier with it than anyone else, but that happens sometimes and I’m okay with it.

Choose to Be Me: This was a Patreon commission, in which they sent me a YouTube video of a public service announcement on the importance of not giving in to peer pressure that does, yes, have the unfortunate aesthetic of “look at how much you’re being brainwashed into being sexy and compliant!” And of course that’s bad. Definitely. Certainly not something that my readers spend a lot of their free time thinking about.

I took away the idea of a boutique that specialized in brainwashing makeovers and the phrase, “Why be you when you can be me?”, and figured it would be a very easy (if somewhat lengthy) write. And it was, right up until the end when I knew it was time for Betty to surrender and become the version of herself that Francesca wanted her to be…and when I wrote the “final struggle” paragraph, I did a good enough job of describing how Betty would resist that I couldn’t connect it to her giving in. Like, the character came to life in my head and said, “Nope, not giving you a ‘yes’ here.” Which was sweet, and allowed me to make the ending dark and ambiguous in a way that I think improved it over “woman surrenders to charismatic asshole”.

And on that note, February is just around the corner. Join me next week for another blog post, and next month for another Liner Notes!

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Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Your Horoscope for Today”!

January 25, 2018

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“Choose to Be Me”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Your Horoscope for Today” (MC FD MF FF)!

It’s another beautiful day in Searing Rock, New Mexico, and that means a new edition of the Daily Shopper with its always-reliable horoscope! Let’s take a look at one of the entries for today:

LEO: Focus your attention on Mars this week. That’s not a metaphor–bring a chair out to the front porch tomorrow night, and try to find Mars. It’s going to be very low in the horizon and very bright, so you’ll need to wait until the sun is all the way down on the horizon. Don’t worry, you’ve got lots of time. Just let yourself relax into the chair and let your eyes drift over the stars. There’s no hurry, just relax and watch the tiny little lights as they sparkle in the deep, dark, endless blue that fades slowly, easily, effortlessly to black.

Don’t try to find Mars; that’s a mistake. Just let your eyes roam from one star to another, let your gaze go unfocused and your thoughts drift. When the time is right, you’re going to lock onto a single star, a beautiful and bright star that you can’t look away from, and you’ll know that you’ve found exactly what you’re looking for. You’ll know that you’ve found the star that’s influencing your whole life, exerting impossible control on you from an inexpressible distance away, and you’ll feel its tug on your mind, your very soul. It’s going to be so strong. You can’t possibly escape its power. You’re going to find yourself transfixed by that star, helpless in its cosmic grasp, open to any influence that comes along while you’re sitting and staring. It’s okay to listen and obey any passing stranger that stops by while you’re captured by the power of the stars–that’s what fate is, after all. That’s destiny, telling you to give in and surrender and let go. That’s the power Mars holds over you this week.

(Or possibly Venus. They look a lot alike to the naked eye, to be honest.)

Hope you enjoy yours!

Class Outline for “How to Help the First Time Subject”

January 21, 2018

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As promised, here are my class notes for “How to Help the First Time Subject”, my presentation at Charmed. (I did a second, “Building Consent Together”, but that was intended more as a discussion so no notes were created.) I hope they’re of use to you, and let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to add to them!

How to create a successful first trance

I. Pre-talk

1. Show confidence. The subject absorbs what you project, so if you’re acting like trance is difficult, trance will be difficult. Do, don’t try.

2. Reassure. Trance is a natural state in the human brain, just concentration and focus. It’s reading a good book, it’s watching a compelling movie. All you’re doing is taking the same state and directing it. They’re going to succeed at this.

3. Set good expectations. Don’t forget, most people have their ideas of trance shaped by movies and tv. You need to let them know that the first time out isn’t going to involve amnesia, mindlessness, sleepiness, et cetera. Tell them that the most likely thing they’ll notice is a sense of focus and relaxation, and time distortion after the fact. (Time seeming to stand still, or to fly by) Let them know that depth is overrated; the first time out, if you’re in trance and you’re having a good time, you’re deep enough.

4. Confirm sensory modality. Ask about whether they learn best by by being shown ,being told, or trying it themselves. Be aware of this when doing your induction-metronomes for auditory, spirals or eye fixation for visual, feelings for kinesthetic etc

5. Explain terminology. Go over what the induction, the deepener, and the awakener are. Go over what “deeper” means. Don’t expect them to know these things. Give them space to ask questions. Remember, you are giving them a roadmap to the trance they’re about to experience. The better you lay it out, the better they’re going to follow it later.

6. Discuss consent now. People may or may not want a sexual trance, they may or may not want touch, they may or may not want triggers and post-hyps…it’s best to go light on these things anyway on the first trance, because you want to focus on giving them things they can do and showing them that they work, but always always always ask first and work with what they are enthusiastic about. Hypnosis is a bond of trust. The best way to make a bond of trust is to be trustworthy.

II. Trance

1. The induction. Don’t use scripts and don’t get tricksy. Your focus should be on providing them with a clear mental image to help them achieve trance (whether visual, auditory, or kinesthetic). It isn’t necessary to give them an intricate metaphor, and it is vitally important to tailor the experience to them personally. It’s better to do something simple and effective over complicated and difficult to go under to.

2. Modalities. Again, use language (and props, if you want) that works with the subject’s sensory language. If touch is allowed, kinesthetic learners will respond well to relaxing touch, but even if not, you can still use language involving the way their body feels. Remember, you’re not attempting big, complex suggestions. Just show them what trance is and that they can do it. The rest will come with practice.

3. The deepener. Remember, you are not dealing with someone who is familiar with trance. You can’t just tell them to go deeper. Make sure to describe the process of letting extraneous thoughts fall away, focusing more intently on the, um, focus. Be clear, be detailed. It is best not to do depth tests or anything similar this first time out. You are giving them a positive experience, not testing them and making them worry about failing.

4. Post-hyp. Very optional, but if they want one, just have them focus intently on the way they feel, and give them a trigger that will bring them back to this state of mind. A simple reinduction trigger. Again, don’t get fancy.

5. Awaken them. Gently, not at all rudely or suddenly, give them a count up and awaken them.

III. Post-talk

1. Draw their attention to the trancey bits. Get them noticing the time distortion, the sense of focus and relaxation, all the things you told them would happen beforehand. Get them realizing that what they experienced was trance not just peace and quiet or mellowness. If you did a reinduction trigger, this is a good time to use it (both to reinforce it and to show them that it works).

2. Stress that being hypnotized is a skill. (You can do this in pre talk, too.) Nobody is a “natural”, nobody is perfect the first time out. The more they go into trance, the better they’ll get at achieving that state of focus faster and easier and more completely.

3. Thank them muchly for letting you in their head, and offer politely to do it again if and when they’d like.

Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Hands and Knees”!

January 19, 2018

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“Stronger”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Hands and Knees” (MC MF MD FD)!

Zane’s a little bit worried now that Tasha found his secret stash of Patriarchy brainwashing porn. He’s expecting her to be angry, he’s expecting her to be upset, he’s even possibly expecting her to leave him. He’s definitely not expecting it to work…

Here’s a taste.

The silence stretched for almost a minute before Tasha said, a touch of uncertainty in her voice, “Is something wrong, Master? Don’t you want to play with my body? Do my breasts not please you?” She gave her ass a tiny wiggle, just enough to set her curves into motion. “Please, Master. Your fucktoy longs to be used.” She stretched out into a kowtowing position, pressing her face and tits into the carpet. “You’re in control, Master. You own me. Completely.”

“I…” Zane’s clothes felt uncomfortably tight, but taking them off seemed like it would be conceding a point of some sort. “That wasn’t what you said a couple of days ago,” he finished. Which was glossing over exactly what Tasha did say when she sat down at his computer to work on a research project while her laptop was in the shop and instead found his very extensive collection of bimbification and patriarchy and alpha-male porn. He tried to explain it to her, but it turned out that honesty was very much not the best policy when it came to talking about exactly what you found so hot about a woman being hypnotized and brainwashed into a mindless sex toy with no purpose in life beyond pleasing men.

Especially not to a Woman’s Studies post-grad.

Hope you enjoy it!

Charmed Recap…Sort Of

January 19, 2018

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This blog post is delayed somewhat by my trip to Charmed last weekend; I live-tweeted most of the classes (although I left off the last class I attended on Sunday, because I could barely keep awake despite an amazing presentation by the wonderful and charming Lee Allure–she did a group demo, and I think I nodded clean off for most of it). I didn’t do daily recaps of the event like I did last year, though. Honestly, I barely got through my Tumblr captions–I’m still one behind on those as well. But I’ll catch up on those. The recap might not ever happen the way it did last year.

Part of that is because this year a lot of what I did was more personal. I do enjoy talking about my experiences with hypnosis, but I also think I’m entitled to draw a veil over some parts of my life, particularly when it comes to things that I’m doing with another person who also has a say in what I discuss. This weekend featured a number of private sessions that will remain private, and once I elide those, there’s much less to talk about. And much of what I could talk about, I already tweeted about. I’ll be posting my class notes for my “How to Help the First Time Subject” talk this weekend, because I couldn’t live-tweet the class and present it at the same time, but I literally wasn’t even at the play parties for more than a few minutes on Saturday. Most of the stuff that people are talking about, I didn’t see. It kind of makes a recap difficult.

I will say that this was a large con, possibly the largest hypnokink con ever. I think that’s a good thing; it means our community is growing, and it means that more people are being drawn to something that I think is fun and enjoyable and gives a lot of fulfillment. It does mean that no matter how much I reach out to the awesome new people around me, the community is growing faster than that, so I do apologize if I saw you there and didn’t already know you. Again, though, always making new friends every year is the kind of problem you like to have.

And of course, I saw people there that I already know. The list is so large that I’m too intimidated to make it, because there will always be people I leave off simply in the rush of joyous memories we made, but rest assured that if I saw you and it looked like my face was lighting up in excitement, it’s because I was happy to see you and I can’t wait for the next con. I’m not going to lie, another reason it took me this long to write was that I was missing everyone a little too much to accept that it was over for another year.

Hopefully we’ll make it to another hypnosis con or two this year–NEEHU is unfortunately too close, but Entranced or MindQuake is a possibility. And of course there will be a Charmed next year. I might not talk about as much, but I will say that this was probably the best con yet and I can’t wait for the next one.

Early Bird Sneak Peeks: “Z-Word” and “Pussy Liquor”!

January 11, 2018

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“Girl Next Door”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA and Literotica (since Simon is takign a well-deserved break this week). But the Early Bird patrons will be getting two stories, “Z-Word” (MC MF MD) and “Pussy Liquor” (MC MF FF MD FD CB)!

“Z-Word” is about Amber, who’s having just a little bit of trouble remembering a word someone used in conversation with her. Which is odd, because it was just a few moments ago, right before she started following their every command…here’s a taste.

If I knew him, I would have remembered. I know that. My memory is excellent–I don’t say that to brag, it’s just a statement of fact. Anything I don’t remember hasn’t happened. Anything that hasn’t happened, I don’t need to think about. So I didn’t think about whether I’d met the man before, or why his eyes seemed to make me feel so warm and comfortable just like he was an old friend. Because I didn’t need to think about it. I just let all that slide away to the back of my mind and looked into his beautiful blue eyes for a little while longer, because it felt so good and made me so happy. My lips spread into a joyous smile all on their own, because he was smiling at me and that made it so easy to smile right back at him, and it seemed like I just stared at him forever before I realized it was rude of me not to say anything. So I said, “Hello.”

And he said…he said…it’s so hard to keep events in sequence. I keep jumping ahead to that moment I can’t remember, skipping over all the other stuff that’s perfectly clear in my mind to get to that one tiny little thing I keep forgetting. Was it ‘zebra’? ‘Zero’? ‘Zugzwang’? ‘Zip-a-dee-doo-dah’? I’m chasing down one possiblity after another, wandering down a trail with a thousand dead ends, and practically running my mind in circles trying to guess until my thoughts feel dizzy and exhausted. It’s a waste of time and energy, and so I make myself stop. I force myself to abandon the random stabs at an instant solution, and start thinking in ordered terms. That’s how I solve problems–I make a process, I break the process down into steps, and I follow the steps with rigorous discipline until I’ve done all the things I need to do. This is no different. I just need to follow my instructions and I’ll be perfectly satisfied.

First things first. I take off my clothes, pulling down my jeans–oh, my gosh, I can actually feel the warm moisture soaking all the way into the denim. God alone knows what my panties are going to be like. No wonder I’m having trouble with my memories, if I’m this turned on. I neatly fold them and set them on a shelf next to a taxidermied penguin that’s seen better days.

Hope you enjoy it! And as a bonus, we have “Pussy Liquor”, which brings back Eris and her unique superpower. She’s dealing with a new villain, one who’s found a way to weaponize it and use it against her…her and everyone else in the world. Here’s a taste:

So even though Eris knew that in a lot of ways she was the absolute worst person for the job, she made herself continue toward the mansion. Doctor Zoltanus (her mind seamlessly inserted the disclaimer, ‘Not a real doctor’) had forced her hand by kidnapping Julia; she couldn’t take the risk that even a relatively competent hero like WildRose or Adventure Girl would make a mistake that could endanger her friend, let alone calling in a loose cannon like Harrier or Azure. She knew Zoltanus was laying a trap for her, and she knew she was walking right into it, but all the alternatives were even worse. Eris couldn’t take the chance of leaving her childhood friend to become one of Zoltanus’s drugged slaves…or tortured, or brutalized, or–CLAMP. Eris had to do this on her own, that was all there was to it.

Especially since it was Eris’s fault that Julia had gotten involved in this whole mess. Julia didn’t even know that Tara Tate was secretly Eris, partner and confidante to San Delfino’s protector of the night. She probably had no idea why the Blood Cult of Doctor Zoltanus kidnapped her. (Okay, he didn’t actually call it ‘The Blood Cult of Doctor Zoltanus’. People didn’t tend to sign up for anything involving the words ‘blood cult’. But Eris was the one writing the casefile, and she didn’t see any reason to mince words.) Julia was probably terrified right now, and that was assuming she could think at all.

Eris slipped in behind the first guard, drifting as lightly as a cloud through the unkempt grass, and dropped him with a swift chop to the cluster of nerves at the base of his head. She couldn’t afford to use her fear gas, not tonight; if one of Zoltanus’s men got twitchy, they might sound a full-scale alert. Eris couldn’t afford that. She’d already slipped up once, the last time she put Zoltanus behind bars, and it had disastrous consequences. She couldn’t let herself make another error, not with so much at stake.

Hope you enjoy it!

My Favorite Things: Altered Eyes

January 7, 2018

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Technically speaking, this is really one of those hot buttons that occurs more often in the realms of fiction than in real life. Yes, you can get contacts that do some of these things, but they’re difficult and painful to wear and I don’t know that I’d ever want to ask a partner to do that, even if they were willing. Plus, some of them really can’t be done outside of Photoshop. But oh my GOD, isn’t it hot when someone is brainwashed so thoroughly that their eyes physically reflect the changes?

It’s an old classic. The eyes are famous as “the windows to the soul”, and so when the eyes bear the literal mark of the controller’s power, it always feels like the control itself goes deeper than mere hypnosis and becomes an impression on the deepest layers of the self. There’s not a whole lot that’s sexier than when the sinister mind controller performs their dark (magical or technological) ritual, the victim’s eyes close in helpless surrender…and when they open, they’re no longer that person’s eyes. They’re the eyes of whatever the controller has made them to be.

There are a few general categories this trick falls into, and I’ll get into them in a bit more detail as follows:

Spiral Eyes – The old classic. The trope that launched a thousand fetishes, really, from cartoons and comics going back decades. The victim-to-be stares at a spiral (or other kind of hypnotic graphic–bands of color progressing steadily and smoothly outward from the center seem to be inexplicably popular for some reason, Kaa) and before long, the victim’s eyes match the spiral in front of them. It was originally meant to be symbolic, showing that their mind is completely overwritten with the brainwashing effect, but given that most of us are already fetishizing the connection between hypnosis and sex to begin with, it’s not at all surprising that we would second-order fetishize the connection between spirally eyes and hypnosis. As a result, you can see a lot of videos of people with photoshopped spirals in their eyes to show that they’re blank and compliant.

(There’s an alternate take on this trope, again one that Kaa has helped to popularize; in the other version, it’s the hypnotist that has spirals in their eyes, rather than the victim, to symbolize their power to induce trance rather than their surrender to it. In this variant, often the victim’s eyes match the controller’s by the end, and in fact it’s very popular as a serial recruitment technique where the spirals are “contagious”.)

Not to toot my own horn, but I wrote a scene in “Criminal” where I wrote my idea of what it would be like to see out of literal spiral eyes that I think is pretty cool.

White Eyes – This is a dead giveaway that your first exposure to mind-control kink was through the movie ‘Big Trouble in Little China’–you have an intense and very particular fetish for a woman closing her eyes, being hypnotized, and re-opening them as blank white orbs. (Either for doing it or being it, depending.) Usually this has a very strong connotation of depersonalization, with the victim’s self being erased by the power of the controller and leaving them a tabula rasa for said controller to fill with whatever programming they like. It’s very much associated with slavery, submission, and mindwiping. And, um, yum to all of those things!

Black Eyes – This one feels like it was relatively recent–I think it was ‘The X-Files’ and ‘Babylon 5’ together that popularized the idea of eyes that are solid black orbs set into the victim’s face, but I’m not quite sure which of them did it first. It definitely carries more of the connotation that ‘X-Files’ had for the trope; usually, when a victim of mind control has solid black eyes, it means they have been corrupted beyond all recognition by the dark power of the hypnotist, and are now soulless in their devotion to carrying out their master’s will. It’s also very depersonalizing, but it carries with it a strong association of contagion and contamination. A black-eyed slave is a slave that wants to bring others into the Master’s thrall, and is willing to put in the work to make it happen. They may be evil in the sadistic and cruel sense, or in the sense of having their ethics hollowed out by the effect, but they’re definitely not just mindless drones. They’re willing slaves.

It should also be noted that (again, probably from ‘X-Files’) the black-eyed slaves tend to be able to corrupt others. It might not always be a literal ooze filling up their eyes like ‘X-Files’, but there’s always a sense that people with jet black eyes will make you like them if you hang around them for a minute or so too long. So again, great for serial recruitment kink. (And again, not to toot my own horn, but “Glycerine” has a great sequence where someone is turned into a slave with nothing but special effects wizardry and powerful drugs. At least, I think it’s great.)

There may be others that get a minor look-in here and there–a lot of “demonic possession” stories tend to have a scene where the victim’s irises change color to whatever the possessing ghost’s eyes were, but that tends to be the big three. Which is kind of a shame in some ways, because I certainly do wish we’d see some other solid-colored eyes; a solid crimson, for example, would be strikingly terrifying, and a solid emerald would be astonishingly beautiful. But I’ll just have to write those up if I want them. “Be the porn you wish to see in the world”, as they say, right?

Mind you, that assumes I’m going to get enough of spirally eyes staring into spirals and becoming even more hypnotized and spirally. And we all know that’s not going to happen any time soon.